Joullian Zinfandel Sias Cuvée 2013, Carmel Valley, California

2013 vintage – 79% Zinfandel, 8% Primitivo, 8% Petit Sirah 5% (1% each) Grenache, Aleatico, Merlot, Alicante Bouschet & Carignane. 100% Joullian Estate, Carmel Valley. Primary and malolactic fermentation completed in 9-17 days. Aged 18 months in new and used French oak barrels. Tasting Notes: “Dark cherry color, with a light garnet rim. Aromatic rose petal, raspberry, cola, and licorice scents are enhanced by a touch of cedar and black peppercorn. Ripe, fruity, black raspberry, plum, and rhubarb flavors are complexed by notes of anise seed, black truffle, and toasty oak.” – From the Winery. Dick Sias, cofounder of Joullian Vineyards, is considered the father of Zinfandel in Carmel Valley. In 1984, he supervised the planting of Carmel Valley’s first Zinfandel vines at Joullian. For complexity, small amounts of Petite Sirah (Lytton Springs), plus Italian field crush varieties: Aleatico, Alicante Bouchet, Carignane and Black Grenache were added. Joullian’s multi-clonal approach in the vineyard continues to reap multidimensional benefits in the winery.